2020 MLRC Media Law Conference

September 30 - October 6, 2020


A Unique Virtual Conference


The Media Law Conference is the premier legal conference for media defense practitioners. Over 300 lawyers from around the country participate in discussion on the latest developments in the field. This year’s conference includes expert speakers from media organizations, firms, and academia, who are on the front lines of shaping law and policy. The virtual conference includes 2 hours of substantive sessions each weekday, plus 2 social receptions. 

Open to members, and others by invitation only, the conference is a unique forum to celebrate the First Amendment and those who defend it. (The registration price of $275 is less than half the price of our planned conference in Virginia, and less than $25 a call for all the sessions we will be presenting.)

Conference sponsorship opportunities are still available. To become a sponsor contact George Freeman (gfreeman@medialaw.org) or Dave Heller (dheller@medialaw.org). 

For information about membership visit www.medialaw.org

Event Highlights


The Roaring 20’s: Predictions for the Decade Ahead in Libel, Privacy, Newsgathering and other First Amendment Issues

Floyd Abrams, Cahill Gordon; Professor Mary-Rose Papandrea, UNC School of Law; Professor Jonathan Turley, George Washington University; Ben Wizner, ACLU; Jonathan Anschell, ViacomCBS Media Networks

Fake News, Disinformation, and Social Platforms in the Presidential Campaign

Hazel Baker, Reuters; Ellen Weintraub FEC Commissioner; Marc Lawrence Apfelbaum, Campaign Legal Center; Brian Stelter, CNN Chief Media Correspondent; Kate Belinski, Ballard Spahr  

New York Times v. Sullivan Revisited: A Reargument

Lee Levine, Ballard Spahr and
Dean and Professor of Law Rodney Smolla, Delaware Law School
Comments from: Mary-Rose Papandrea, UNC School of Law; Matthew Shafer, CBS

Hypothetical Case Study: The President and the First Amendment

George Freeman, MLRC; Laura Handman, Davis Wright Tremaine; 
and a marquee panel of D.C. journalists and political insiders.

Plus - A Rousing Round of Online Journalism Trivia


Choose from 16 different types
Pre-Publication & Pre-Broadcast Review
Entertainment Law
Data Privacy 101
Trial Tales
Scandals & HR
Subpoenas and Shield Laws
Cross-Border Vetting
Advertising and Commercial Speech
Fair Report and Neutral Reportage
Hot Issues in Photography
Protecting Journalists' Safety and Information

Hate Speech and the First Amendment

Libel & Privacy
IP & Digital


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